Hermann Burger, Moussa Kone: Diabelli. Harpune Books, Vienna, 2011. ISBN 978-3-903348-00-4
17 x 21 cm, 112 pages, 50 drawings printed in letterpress, set in hot metal, thread-bound, Letterpress dust jacket. German.
Published in an edition of 250 numbered copies signed by the artist. Hand-colored special boxed edition of 26 copies with a paper "cootie catcher" fortune teller.
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Diabelli is a handmade artist's book, printed in letterpress technique, signed and numbered. Hermann Burger's text is the mocking farewell monologue of sleight-of-hand artist and magician Grazio Diabelli, who in his pursuit of the illusionary arts has lost sight of his own self. Drawing the only possible conclusion from a life defined by legerdemain, magic and loneliness, he decides that his grand finale is to be the brilliant staging of his own disappearance. Moussa Kone graces Hermann Burger's great illusionist with the Magician's Oath of the drawer: Every movement of the hand
is visible in the dense shading; hard contrasts lead the viewer into a universe of imagery suspended between exterior aspects and interior vistas, between real and imagined realities. In fifty assiduously parsed ink drawings, he provides an subtle stage and the ideal audience for this art book.